St Heliers hit by ram raids
Three people have been arrested after a St Heliers wine store was ram-raided early on April 5.
Offenders reversed a car into the front of La Cantina on Waimarie St around 3am before taking off with bottles of wine.
Police say three people were later arrested after a stolen silver Mitsubishi allegedly used in the raids was found with the stolen wine at a Panmure address.
The incident comes after a spate of ram raids in the St Heliers area over the last month. La Fourchette restaurant on Turua St was raided during the early hours of March 28.
A stolen car was backed into the restaurant at 4am with thieves taking off with the till.
The incident happened an hour before kitchen staff were due to arrive, res- taurant owner Romain Le Gal says.
Le Gal says it will take weeks to fix the damage on the front of the restaurant.
‘‘The front window is specially made for the restaurant so it will take time to get it replaced which is not very nice.’’
Triathlete’s Corner, also on Turua St, was raided on March 30 with about $9000 worth of stock stolen including sunglasses, shoes and wetsuits.
Store owner Jason Benni- man says CCTV footage captured the offenders wearing balaclavas and gloves.
‘‘They left the store in a complete state. To be honest I’m pretty heartbroken. It’s my store and I put my heart and soul into it and love what I’m doing.’’
Benniman says he hopes to meet with other local business owners to discuss the events.
‘‘You don’t really expect it down here. It’s a really nice community in St Heliers and the last thing we want to do is put shutters or bars on our doors.’’
Eden Foods on St Heliers Bay Rd was also ram-raided last month with thieves taking off with icecream, lollies and alcohol.
Triathlete’s Corner, on Turua St, was raided with about $9000 worth of stock stolen including sunglasses, shoes and wetsuits.